The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire

The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire

by Ted Gioia

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The Jazz Standards, a comprehensive guide to the most important jazz compositions, is a unique resource, a browser's companion, and an invaluable introduction to the art form. This essential book for music lovers tells the story of more than 250 key jazz songs, and includes a listening guide to more than 2,000 recordings.

Many books recommend jazz CDs or discuss musicians and styles, but this is the first to tell the story of the songs themselves. The fan who wants to know more about a jazz song heard at the club or on the radio will find this book indispensable. Musicians who play these songs night after night now have a handy guide, outlining their history and significance and telling how they have been performed by different generations of jazz artists. Students learning about jazz standards now have a complete reference work for all of these cornerstones of the repertoire.

Author Ted Gioia, whose body of work includes the award-winning The History of Jazz and Delta Blues, is the perfect guide to lead readers through the classics of the genre. As a jazz pianist and recording artist, he has performed these songs for decades. As a music historian and critic, he has gained a reputation as a leading expert on jazz. Here he draws on his deep experience with this music in creating the ultimate work on the subject.

An introduction for new fans, a useful handbook for jazz enthusiasts and performers, and an important reference for students and educators, The Jazz Standards belongs on the shelf of every serious jazz lover or musician.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199937394
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/06/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 139,925
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Ted Gioia is a musician, author, jazz critic and a leading expert on American music. His previous books The History of Jazz and Delta Blues were both selected as notable books of the year in The New York Times. He is also the author of West Coast Jazz, Work Songs, Healing Songs and The Birth (and
Death) of the Cool.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: What Are the Jazz Standards? 1

After You've Gone 4

Ain't Misbehavin' 6

Airegin 8

Alfie 10

All Blues 12

All of Me 13

All of You 15

All the Things You Are 17

Almost Like Being in Love 19

Alone Together 21

Along Came Betty 23

Angel Eyes 25

April in Paris 26

Autumn in New York 28

Autumn Leaves 30

Bags' Groove 32

Basin Street Blues 34

Beale Street Blues 36

Bemsha Swing 38

Billie's Bounce 39

Birdland 41

Blue Bossa 42

Blue in Green 44

Blue Monk 45

Blue Moon 47

Blue Skies 49

Blues in the Night 51

Bluesette 53

Body and Soul 55

But Beautiful 57

But Not for Me 59

Bye Bye Blackbird 61

C Jam Blues 64

Cantaloupe Island 65

Caravan 67

Chelsea Bridge 69

Cherokee 70

A Child Is Born 72

Come Rain or Come Shine 74

Come Sunday 76

Con Alma 78

Confirmation 80

Corcovado 82

Cotton Tail 84

Darn That Dream 86

Days of Wine and Roses 88

Desafinado 89

Dinah 91

Django 93

Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me 94

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans 96

Dolphin Dance 98

Donna Lee 100

Don't Blame Me 102

Don't Get Around Much Anymore 104

East of the Sun (and West of the Moon) 107

Easy Living 108

Easy to Love 110

Embraceable You 111

Emily 113

Epistrophy 115

Everything Happens to Me 117

Evidence 119

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye 121

Exactly Like You 123

Falling in Love with Love 126

Fascinating Rhythm 128

Fly Me to the Moon 130

A Foggy Day 132

Footprints 134

Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You? 137

Georgia on My Mind 138

Ghost of a Chance 140

Giant Steps 142

The Girl from Ipanema 144

God Bless the Child 147

Gone with the Wind 149

Good Morning Heartache 151

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 152

Groovin' High 154

Have You Met Miss Jones? 156

Here's That Rainy Day 158

Honeysuckle Rose 159

Hot House 162

How Deep Is the Ocean? 164

How High the Moon 166

How Insensitive 168

How Long Has This Been Going On? 170

I Can't Get Started 172

I Can't Give You Anything but Love 174

I Cover the Waterfront 176

I Didn't Know What Time It Was 178

I Fall in Love Too Easily 180

I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good) 181

I Got Rhythm 183

I Hear a Rhapsody 186

I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart 188

I Love You 189

I Mean You 191

I Only Have Eyes for You 193

I Remember Clifford 195

I Should Care 197

I Surrender, Dear 198

I Thought about You 201

I Want to Be Happy 202

If I Should Lose You 204

If You Could See Me Now 205

I'll Remember April 207

I'm in the Mood for Love 208

Impressions 210

In a Mellow Tone 212

In a Sentimental Mood 214

In Your Own Sweet Way 216

Indiana 217

Invitation 220

It Could Happen to You 222

It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 224

It Had to Be You 226

It Might as Well Be Spring 227

It Never Entered My Mind 229

I've Found a New Baby 231

The Jitterbug Waltz 234

Joy Spring 236

Just Friends 237

Just One of Those Things 239

Just You, Just Me 241

King Porter Stomp 243

Lady Bird 246

The Lady Is a Tramp 248

Lament 250

Laura 252

Lester Leaps In 254

Like Someone in Love 255

Limehouse Blues 257

Liza 259

Lonely Woman 261

Lotus Blossom 263

Love for Sale 265

Love Is Here to Stay 267

Lover 269

Lover, Come Back to Me 271

Lover Man 273

Lullaby of Birdland 275

Lush Life 277

Mack the Knife 280

Maiden Voyage 282

The Man I Love 284

Manhä de Carnaval 286

Mean to Me 287

Meditation 289

Memories of You 291

Milestones 293

Misterioso 295

Misty 296

Moanin' 298

Moment's Notice 299

Mood Indigo 301

Moonlight in Vermont 303

Moose the Mooche 305

More Than You Know 307

Muskrat Ramble 309

My Favorite Things 310

My Foolish Heart 312

My Funny Valentine 314

My Heart Stood Still 316

My Old Flame 318

My One and Only Love 320

My Romance 322

Naima 325

Nardis 327

Nature Boy 329

The Nearness of You 331

Nice Work If You Can Get It 332

Night and Day 334

Night in Tunisia 336

Night Train 338

Now's the Time 340

Nuages 341

Oh, Lady Be Good! 344

Old Folks 346

Oleo 348

On a Clear Day 350

On Green Dolphin Street 352

On the Sunny Side of the Street 353

Once I Loved 356

One Note Samba 357

One o'Clock Jump 359

Ornithology 361

Out of Nowhere 363

Over the Rainbow 365

Peace 368

The Peacocks 370

Pennies from Heaven 371

Perdido 373

Poinciana 375

Polka Dots and Moonbeams 377

Prelude to a Kiss 378

Rhythm-a-ning 381

'Round Midnight 383

Royal Garden Blues 386

Ruby, My Dear 387

St. James Infirmary Blues 390

St. Louis Blues 392

St. Thomas 395

Satin Doll 397

Scrapple from the Apple 399

Secret Love 400

The Shadow of Your Smile 402

Skylark 403

Smile 405

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 407

So What 409

Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise 412

Solar 414

Solitude 415

Some of These Days 417

Someday My Prince Will Come 419

Someone to Watch over Me 421

Song for My Father 423

The Song Is You 424

Sophisticated Lady 426

Soul Eyes 428

Speak Low 430

Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most 431

Spring Is Here 434

Star Dust 435

Star Eyes 438

Stella by Starlight 440

Stolen Moments 442

Stompin' at the Savoy 443

Stormy Weather 445

Straight, No Chaser 447

Struttin' with Some Barbecue 449

Summertime 451

Sweet Georgia Brown 454

'S Wonderful 456

Take Five 458

Take the A Train 460

Tea for Two 462

Tenderly 464

There Is No Greater Love 465

There Will Never Be Another You 467

These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You) 469

They Can't Take That Away from Me 470

Things Ain't What They Used to Be 473

Tiger Rag 474

Time after Time 477

Tin Roof Blues 479

The Very Thought of You 482

Waltz for Debby 485

Watermelon Man 487

Wave 489

The Way You Look Tonight 490

Well, You Needn't 493

What Is This Thing Called Love? 495

What's New? 497

When the Saints Go Marching In 499

Whisper Not 501

Who Can I Turn To? 502

Willow Weep for Me 503

Yardbird Suite 506

Yesterdays 508

You Don't Know What Love Is 510

You Go to My Head 511

You Stepped Out of a Dream 513

You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To 514

Notes 517

Index 527

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